Glens Falls Rotary Dictionary Project for Local 3rd Graders
As an ongoing service to the community the Glens Falls Rotary Club today distributed dictionaries to third grade students attending the Glens Falls and Abraham Wing School Districts, and the Queensbury Union Free School District. Dictionaries were distributed to St. Mary’s/St. Alphonsus third graders on Wednesday October 9.
This community service, an international project to promote literacy, has been on-going for the past six years in the Glens Falls area. Rotarians have been invited into the classrooms to teach the children how to use the dictionaries. There are approximately 500 local students who benefit from this project.
“Reading is the most important skill of all. It is the starting point for all economic and social opportunities this world has to offer. Educators see third grade as the dividing line between learning to read and reading to learn”, accord to Rotary International.
A dictionary is perhaps the most powerful reference tool that a child can use. It helps them with spelling, pronunciation and definitions as well as the development of reading, writing and creative thinking skills. Students benefit from an increased self-reliance and resourcefulness inspired by the maxim “look it up”. Teachers benefit by knowing their students have consistent access to a tool for homework and in-class explorations.
The Glens Falls Rotary Club has about 140 members who volunteer their time and talents to further the Rotary motto “Service Above Self”. The club holds several fund-raising events each year including selling fried bread dough at the Adirondack Balloon Festival and the LARAC Arts Festival and the Rotary 5K run/walk. The proceeds from these projects as well as the Dictionary project directly benefit the community. The annual Pure Water for the World Walk to be again held in May 2014 provides funding for purifying water in developing countries.